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Nonsurgical Treatment for TMJ Disorders (TMD) in Amarillo

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If you’re struggling with jaw pain, facial pain, or clicking or popping noises when speaking or chewing, Amarillo Dental Associates can help. We provide, proven, effective non-surgical treatment for TMD caused by teeth grinding, clenching, and arthritis. To schedule a consultation for TMD treatment in Amarillo, call 806-355-7463, or send us a message.

How We Treat TMD at Amarillo Dental Associates

If you’ve developed pain in your jaw that may radiate to the ears or neck, you may be one of the millions of people in the U.S. to suffer from TMD. TMD is shorthand for pain arising in the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull.

Most people diagnosed with TMD will be treated by a dentist, rather than a physician. The reason? Most TMD diagnoses are not the results of a skeletal problem requiring surgery, but instead result from grinding or clenching your teeth at night (bruxism), which causes strain on the joint, and exacerbates inflammation due to arthritis.

At Amarillo Dental Associates we successfully treat TMD with nonsurgical treatments including custom night guards and bite splints.

Custom Night Guards

Custom night guards are plastic trays that are custom-designed for your mouth. Most patients only require a tray for the upper teeth. The tray prevents you from grinding your teeth which alleviates stress and strain on the jaw joint.

Bite Splint

A bite splint (also called a TMD splint) is a nonsurgical treatment for TMD. It may look like a sports mouthguard. A bite splint gently repositions your jaw, to alleviate strain on the joint to provide relief from TMD symptoms.

Signs You Should See a Dentist for TMD Treatment

Disorders of the temporomandibular joint can cause a variety of symptoms, including pain and clicking and popping sounds, a sensation that the jaw is locking, or difficulty chewing. Without treatment, your symptoms may worsen. Therefore, if any of the following signs and symptoms of teeth grinding or TMD arise, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist

  • Soreness in the jaw which may spread up the face or down to the neck
  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Popping or clicking when you chew
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Inability to open the mouth fully
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Headaches
  • Ear aches
  • Teeth pain
  • Sore gums
  • Fractures or cracks in teeth

Why Choose Amarillo Dental Associates?

At Amarillo Dental Associates we care deeply about our patients. As a privately-owned dental practice serving Amarillo since 1975, patients are not just a number to us. We care about you and your oral health.

Amarillo Dental Associates has stood as a beacon of excellence in dentistry for nearly 50 years. We intend to continue this legacy for another 50 years by listening closely to you, explaining all treatment options, and helping you select the right treatment to maintain excellent oral health for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Treatment

How long should I wait to see a dentist for TMJ?
If you’ve been suffering from TMJ symptoms for a week or longer, and over-the-counter medications, and icing the jaw are not helping, you should schedule an appointment.
Will a splint hurt?
No, bite splints don’t hurt. They may feel strange for the first week as you get used to them, but they do not cause pain.
Do I have to wear a night guard every night?
If your dentist recommends a night guard you should wear it every night. Teeth grinding is not only damaging to the jaw joint, but sustained teeth grinding can contribute to oral health issues including cavities, fractures, cracked teeth, and gum disease.
Can TMJ go away on its own?
Yes. In some cases, TMJ symptoms seem to arise out of nowhere and fade just as quickly on their own. If you haven’t noticed your symptoms lessening after a week, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a dentist.
What age do most people develop TMJ?
Anyone can develop TMJ but it most commonly begins in adulthood between the ages of 20-40.
What can I do to treat TMJ at home?
Switching to a soft food diet temporarily can ease stress and strain on the joint. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and pain relievers may help. Icing the jaw can also help alleviate pain in the joint.
Does stress cause TMJ?
Stress doesn’t directly cause TMJ. However, stress can cause you to begin grinding your teeth at night, which does lead to TMJ disorders.
Do you accept CareCredit for TMJ treatment?
Yes. Amarillo Dental Associates accepts CareCredit for all oral health treatments.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders in Amarillo, TX

If you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms of TMJ, it’s best to be seen by a dentist who treats TMJ disorders with non-surgical treatments. Book an appointment at Amarillo Dental Associates by calling 806-355-7463. You may also send us a message to request your appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

4525 Van Winkle Dr
Amarillo, TX 79119
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